Emergency Aid to Grenada for Hurricane Disaster
October 7, 2004
- On October 7 (Thu), the Government of Japan decided to extend, through the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA), additional emergency assistance in kind (plastic sheets, sleeping mats, plastic jerry cans, water tanks and blankets), equivalent to about 7 million yen, to Grenada, which has sustained a large-scale hurricane disaster.
- Hurricane Ivan, which hit the whole of Grenada on September 7, has caused such serious damage including: 38 people dead, 666 injured, a large number of people missing or evacuated; about 90 % of the buildings throughout the country totally or partially destroyed; and there has been little rehabilitation of the affected infrastructure such as water and electricity supply and telecommunications facilities. Agriculture and tourism, major industrial sectors of Grenada, have been suffered a devastating blow and it is estimated that rehabilitation of agriculture will need more than 10 years and of tourism several years.
At present, about 50% of the people in Grenada are forced to shelter in uncomfortable surroundings over wide-ranging areas. The Government of Grenada, while conducting relief operations of its own in cooperation with the CDERA, has requested emergency aid from the international community. The United Nations has also issued an urgent appeal for emergency assistance for Grenada.
- The Government of Japan has decided to extend this emergency aid, in addition to that of about 6.7 million yen already extended on September 13, as humanitarian assistance for those afflicted by the disaster and in view of the friendly relations between Japan and Grenada.
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